First direct electron microscopic visualization of a tight spatial coupling between GABAA-receptors and voltage-sensitive calcium channels

G H Hansen, B Belhage, A Schousboe

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Abstract

Using cerebellar granule neurons in culture it was demonstrated that exposure of the cells to the GABAA receptor agonist 4,5,6,7-tetrahydroisoxazolo[5,4-c]pyridin-3-ol (THIP) leads to an increase in the number of voltage-gated calcium channels as revealed by quantitative preembedding indirect immunogold labelling using a monoclonal antibody specific for phenylalkylamine and dihydropyridine sensitive Ca2+ channels. Using the same technique and a monoclonal antibody (bd-17) to the beta 2/beta 3-subunit of the GABAA-receptor, double labelling of Ca2+ channels and GABAA-receptors with gold particles of different and well defined sizes were performed. This showed that in THIP-treated cultures 20% of GABAA-receptors in cell processes were located in close proximity (i.e. within 40 nm) of Ca2+ channels in the plasma membrane. This was not observed in non-treated cultures nor was it observed in cell bodies of THIP-treated cultures. This suggests that primarily low affinity GABAA-receptors are closely associated with Ca2+ channels and this may be important for the ability of these receptors to mediate an inhibitory action on transmitter release even under extreme depolarizing conditions.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNeuroscience Letters
Vol/bind137
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)14-8
Antal sider5
ISSN0304-3940
StatusUdgivet - 16 mar. 1992

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